Juventus v Lazio, Wed 19:45
After reclaiming their place at the top of Serie A, Juventus will face an immediate test of their resolve this week when they play hosts to Lazio, as Bet365 offer odds on the ‘old lady’ taking all three points as visitors can also watch a live stream of the game using their in play service.
Antonio Conte’s side extended their unbeaten season with a win over Palermo on Saturday and coupled with the good fortune of AC Milan’s home loss to Fiorentina, were able to go back to the summit of the Italian top flight.
However, third-placed Lazio recorded an inspiring win of their own and edged closer to confirming Champions League football for next season by increasing the gap between them and fourth position Udinese to three points after sending Napoli packing over the weekend.
The Rome outfit have built up an impressive home record this season and based on current form, are the most threatening Italian side to play in their home territory.
That being said, Edoardo Reja’s men haven’t defended well when away from the Stadio Olimpico this season, keeping a clean sheet in just 27% of their away games.
Although their attack has been substantially more impressive, Lazio will still find it difficult to penetrate a stern Juventus back four and given the transfer speculation surrounding Hernanes in recent weeks, their efforts going forward could see some disruption.
The Turin club have already broken previous records with their unbeaten run this season which already stands at 31 games but will be hopeful of finishing the 2011-12 term with a flourish by completing the whole 38.
Lazio have not beaten Juventus, at home or away, since the 2002-03 campaign and although their away record doesn’t make for good omens, the Biancocelesti will be no less determined to cause Juventus’ first loss of the season on Wednesday.
Should they prove vigilant, this will be Juventus’ 27th Scudetto-winning season but Lazio’s search for Champions League football could prove just as big an inspiration and will pose a tough test for the league leaders in this enticing midweek match.